Have Long Swim Seasons With Pool Heaters

by Pool Builders on 07-30-2008 in Articles

Are you sick of shutting your pool down early in the season because you cannot keep it warm? If you live in a climate that has you opening your pool around Memorial Day and closing it around Labor Day, then there is a way to get a long swim season. Imagine using pool heaters to get a swim season that lasts two to four months longer than what you are used to. Here is how it can be a reality.

First, you need to decide on what type of heater you want. There are three basic choices and sometimes a combination of two is what you really need to keep your pool good and toasty warm. The three choices are a solar heater, electric heater, and a gas powered heater.

The advantage of a solar pool heater is that it will provide a lot of good heat without the energy costs of the gas or electric to run it. The disadvantage is that if the sun is not out, then you cannot heat your pool the way you would like to. However, it is also one of the cheaper and easier pool heaters to maintain.

The advantage of an electric heater is that you can run it no matter if the sun is out or not. Plus it is cheaper than a gas heater. However, you will see an increase in your electric bill and you will have to pay about $100 a year on average to maintain the heater unit.

The gas powered pool heater is the most expensive, but it is also the best for heating your pool quickly. If you own a vacation home and only use it from time to time, then a gas heater might be perfect because you can get your pool up to a good temperature within a couple of hours and, then you can shut the heater off when you leave. This will save you on the gas bill and you will not have to worry about it taking very long to heat your pool once you arrive again.

The key to a long swim season is to keep your pool good and hot and you can do this with a combination of a solar pool heater and an electric or gas pool heater. Use the solar heater during the bulk of the season and use it on the very sunny days in the off season as well.

By mixing in the other heater when it starts to get cooler you will be able to keep your pool at a good swimming temperature while the temperature of the air drops. You should be able to extend your swimming season until the daytime temperature is below 60 degrees, maybe even longer.

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